“Participation” is probably the best way to summarize the prescription for a successful ERP implementation. In short, everyone must play a role. Lessons learned after countless implementations point to the crucial part that executive leaders must play in setting goals and properly funding the project, the importance of stakeholder involvement, the necessity of end-user buy-in, and the key contributions to be gained through the expertise of the solution vendor. While the far-reaching impact and long-term value of this type of organizational transformation is undisputed, the journey is not to be embarked upon lightly. Making sure that everyone is on the same path&#151and understands the rewards of reaching the destination&#151is the best way to get there.